Styling’s fun, right! It’s a chance to play around with nice things (my favourite things are ‘nice things’) and put them together to make it look, well, even nicer. I recently got a chance to play around from nice things from Rialheim at Design School at a shoot for The Block Shop. The brief for the shoot was pretty open: have fun and provide images that demonstrate how the products can work together, which gave me and my “Style Buddy” Laura Stanley, pretty much carte blanche on what we’d like to pair together to make styling magic (IMHO).
We immediately gravitated towards the Rialheim Humanity Face Bowl because of its versatility (it’s a plant holder! No wait: it’s a bowl! No wait: it’s a sculpture!) and it had a point of interest in its shape and form, without being that bowl at the party that’s all “Look at me! Look at me!” (those bowls are so irritating, amiright!). We used it predominantly as a planter as it’s hard to not put a plant in a pot that has a face - which if I’m honest – can sometimes look gimmicky, but as this piece is quite elegant it absolutely worked for our left of centre aesthetic.
Look, I don’t want to give the impression that Styling is as simple as ‘pick a bowl, put a plant in it’! What is made to look glamourous through the lens is balanced out by a complete lack of glamour and a good dose of chaos behind the lens. An explosion of bubblewrap, double sided tape stuck to your face, anti-gravity moon walking to avoid tripping on photography cords, and guaranteed everyone’s running around in yoga pants and sneakers. There’s an obsessional amount of tweaking – constantly moving and twisting things by millimetres, adding and removing objects to get the balance just right. But gosh, it’s a good feeling when you get that perfect shot in the bag.
Thanks Rialheim for bringing the ‘nice’ things for us to play with – we’ll be back for more!